Applying to get married

Are you planning to get married? If you intend to get married, you must notify the municipality of this at least 2 weeks and not more than 1 year before the wedding.

Last updated on 14 September 2022

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Requirements for getting married

There are certain requirements for marriage that everyone must meet:

  • you must be at least 18 years of age;
  • you cannot marry someone who is already married or in a civil partnership;
  • you cannot be related to one other, e.g. grandparent, grandchild, parent, child or sibling.

Are you getting married to a non-Dutch citizen in the Netherlands? Then different conditions apply. The same rules apply if you wish to form a civil partnership.

Getting married outside the Netherlands

If you are getting married outside the Netherlands and are not yet 18 years old, your marriage will only be recognised in the Netherlands once both spouses have reached 18 years of age.

Additional information on arrangements for getting married

For more information on giving notice of marrriage, go to the website of the municipality where you intend to mary.

You can use the checklist to find out what you need to do to prepare for getting married. And what your rights and obligations are within marrriage.

Laws and regulations (in Dutch)

Civil Code, Book 1, Article 44

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